How do I apply for a Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa is a single visa for travel in a number of countries in Europe (the UK has not signed the agreement). Different countries have different rules for applying so the easiest way to find out if you need a Schengen visa and how to apply for one, is to look on the embassy website of the country where you plan to travel.

Most countries ask for:

Most embassies advise you not to actually pay for your trip until you have obtained your Schengen visa, but some will require evidence of a booked flight. If you intend to travel in Europe, apply for a Schengen visa as early as you can. Please note that it can be difficult to travel at the end of your studies as many countries require you to have between 3-6 months remaining on your student visa for the UK.